Our watch may be ended, as Game of Thrones reaches its final ever episode this week, but there’s one more visit back to Westeros on the cards (prequels aside), as HBO prepares to release The Last Watch.
Directed by Jeanie Finlay, the two-hour documentary bids farewell to the fantasy epic with the people who built the realm. Finlay was embedded on the set of the hit HBO series for a year, chronicling the creation of the show’s most ambitious and complicated season, from chilling nocturnal battle to fiery city clash. Taking us behind-the-scenes, Game of Thrones: The Last Watch delves deep into the mud and blood to reveal the tears and triumphs involved in the challenge of bringing the fantasy world of Westeros to life in the very real studios, fields and car-parks of Northern Ireland.
Made with unprecedented access, The Last Watch is an up-close and personal portrait, observed from the trenches of production, following the crew and the cast as they contend with extreme weather, punishing deadlines and an ever-excited fandom hungry for spoilers – a rare chance to celebrate and recognise the vast team of people who worked on the epic production.
HBO calls it “much more than a ‘making of’ documentary”, promising a “funny, heartbreaking story, told with wit and intimacy, about the bittersweet pleasures of what it means to create a world — and then have to say goodbye to it”.
The documentary premieres at 2am on Monday 27th May on Sky Atlantic, simulcast at the same time as the US broadcast. It is then repeated at 9pm on Sky Atlantic – although, like the rest of Game of Thrones’ final season, it will also be available on-demand following its 2am broadcast, so you can watch it on Bank Holiday Monday morning with your cereal. Here’s the trailer:
Game of Thrones: The Last Watch is available on Sky Atlantic. Season 1 to 8 are also available on-demand through Sky Box Sets until 31st May 2019. Don’t have Sky? You can watch Game of Thrones online legally in the UK with NOW TV, as part of a £7.99 monthly subscription – with a 7-day free trial for new customers.
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